Florence – Curiosities – “Siamo alle porte coi sassi„ “We‘re nearly there”

“Siamo alla porte coi sassi” (we‘re near the gates with stones) is one of the old Florentine sayings. It means “we’re nearly there” as well as “there’s not much time left”. Where on earth did such a strange and so … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Bridge of Borgo a Mozzano – Lucca

Only 20 Km from Lucca, in the location of Borgo a Mozzano, there is a magnificent bridge with the sembiance of the back of a donkey, constructed in the 12th Century by the will of Countess Matilde di Canossa. This … Continue reading

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Lucca – The Walls

A hundred churches, kilometres of walls. To the less attentive traveller, these are the distinctive aspects of Lucca, but, with patience this town can offer so many surprises that there will be no regrets that they haven’t visited the other … Continue reading

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Siena – the surroundings: Bagno Vignoni

Bagno Vignoni, south of Siena, is with its rarefied atmosphere, with the hot vapours that escape from the large Piazza Acqua, the centre of attraction of the area. Entering Bagno Vignoni is like travelling in time, like diving into a … Continue reading

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Siena – La torre del Mangia – The Mangia Tower

An architectural miracle of lightness and style. In piazza del Campo, to the left of the Palazzo Pubblico, soars the Torre del Mangia, the tallest in Tuscany and the second tallest in Italy. The tower, which was built according to … Continue reading

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Siena – three differen ways to discover the city

A city to discover in three different ways: we can in fact walk along the city’s ancient “Terzi” (Thirds) among the Serena stone of the alleys and the red brick of the buildings, or you can look at the city … Continue reading

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SIENA

Siena is 115 km far away from the Agriturismo I Pitti and it takes approx. 1 hour and a half car ride. Whether you come down from the green hills of Chianti, or you come from south, through the “moon” … Continue reading

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Pisa: from marshland to a Seafaring Republic

 Nobody knows exactly when Pisa was founded. Dionysius of Alicarnasso described the arrival of Deucalione Greco and his Pelagi Peloponnesians in Italy, he mentions Pisa four centuries before the War of Troy. Pliny, instead, tells us that Pisa was founded … Continue reading

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Lucca – Great Reinassance Merchants

Great renaissance merchants; not only Florentines… Many Florentine families are famous in history for their important export activities which made them rich during the renaissance era. Less known is the history of those who, around the same time, transformed the … Continue reading

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Lucca – The Guinigi Tower

„On our way we saw Lucca towering in a small ring of walls looking like a forest of trees“ Fazio degli Uberti (14th century) Dittamondo – Book III Chap. V-221). After the fear for the „end of the world“ expected … Continue reading

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Carrara – Curiosity – The strength of the wheel

The Carrara community has always shown great attachment to the wheel. It appears as an architectural motif on the cathedral façade and at the bottom of one of the small Gothic windows around the building. The emblem appears, once again, … Continue reading

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LUCCA – A pearl of Tuscany

Lucca, at approx 35 km from the Agriturismo I Pitti, has been defined in many different ways and it is one of the most illustrious Italian towns and it’s located on the left side of the Serchio River. Historically Lucca … Continue reading

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Lucca – Amphitheatre Square

This unique square on the spot where the Ancient Roman amphitheatre originally stood is what is left, along with the few remains that still can be seen, of the presence of the Romans in Lucca, who arrived in about 180 … Continue reading

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Massa Carrara

It is the most northern border of Tuscany, almost wedged in Emilia Romagna, overlooking the beautiful Cinque Terre of Liguria. A wonderful crossroads where there is the province of Massa Carrara, the first national case of two towns for just … Continue reading

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GOLF IN TUSCANY

18 hole courses pallino rosso / roter Fleck / red spot 1. CASTELFALFI G. & C. CLUB Tenuta Castelfalfi – 50050 Montaione (Firenze) Ph. +39 0571 698466 Fax +39 0571 698466 / 698098 http://www.castelfalfi.itgolfcastelfalfi@libero.it COURSE: 18 holes par … Continue reading

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